We have been involved in training the unemployed in basic skills that could ensure employment, as early as 2007. We train beneficiaries in life skills, computer literacy, business skills, sewing, making wonder bags, agriculture, security guarding etc; and our training is provided for free. We have “Know Your Rights” training programme that focuses on rights of women and children, types of marriages, pros and cons, divorce, divorce settlement and rights of children born in or out of wedlock, what is abuse etc. We also provide training in communication, leadership development, stress management, conflict management, customer service, sales; personal and professional development. We mostly focus on training for the industries with labor demands so that the training is not done for the sake of training. Some of the people we train have self employment opportunities for themselves. The unit works closely with all our other units so that people can find jobs internally in our own organization, in the Wonder Bags Unitor elsewhere.
It is 72 hours in transit shelter for abused women and children. We render the following services; counseling, life skills training; free legal services to victim of abuse, training and linking abused women to economic empowerment programmes.
We are currently in partnership with SAPS, Community Safety and Department of Social Development to work in Police Stations Victim Empowerment Centre’s. We have a social worker, five social auxiliary workers and fifteen volunteers who render counseling services, emotional support, material assistance, hosting awareness’s and home visits to victims of domestic violence.
We believe that teenage pregnancy is one of the major factors that exposes woman to be a victim of abuse later in life. Thus we hold Anti-teenage pregnancy awareness campaigns in different schools across Tshwane Municipality. During the campaigns teenagers are encouraged to pledge that they will not get pregnant until they are grown up, matured and financially independent
Over 2000 youths pledge monthly not to get pregnant prematurely. We hand hold the teens up to tertiary institution; holding seminars, career guidance and assisting with bursary application. We entrench the anti-pregnancy campaign as it is one of our strategies to prevent women and children from being abused.
Victims of abuse always fear the day the perpetrator is released. We create an atmosphere whereby if the victim is agreeable, face the reformed perpetrator so that she can at least relax and not live in fear. We strive to have a continuous rehabilitating relationship with the ex-offenders to prevent such offenders from going back to crime. One of this programmes is called “The Prodigal Child” which aims at the reintegration of parolees/ex -inmates into society. The inmates receive counseling, skills training, life skills, job placement and accommodation where necessary. They are also paid stipend from partner donors after doing useful work. We encourage ex-abuses to be pillars of society and talk against abuse.
We have over 120 participants who are placed in 10 schools in the North West and the Gauteng province. These participants are all assigned to do Anti teenage pregnancy, Anti bullying and Anti drug abuse campaign. They also work alongside with teachers and help with monitoring the pupils at school. Volunteers become confidantes to learners thus being the eyes, ears and the hearts of the community. One of their valid core functions is to make referrals for students who are experiencing social problems
Grannies are one of the vulnerable species in our society. They suffer abuse in silence because it is done through their family members. Recently in South Africa, grannies are being raped by strangers and worst scenario by grandsons. We are therefore placing volunteer home based care workers daily in the home of grannies. Our care workers have grannies that have variety of ailments and it’s their duty to ensure total care because visits are made on daily basis. The reason for the daily visit is to also keep their patients accompanied, cook and to tidy up. They also make sure that the grannies adhere to their treatment as prescribed on a full stomach and clean environments. We also have an understanding with the City of Tshwane whereby the councilors refer vulnerable grannies.
We have established food gardens as a means of supporting vulnerable families. they benefit either by being employed to work in the gardens or receiving food parcels. This is done in Brazzaville, an informal settlement west of Attredgeville and is one of the poorest locations in the area. The Development Centre has planted vegetables in collaboration with the council authority. The land is fenced and has water while volunteers de-weed and plant the vegetables. The same volunteers are tasked to identify child headed families and grannies who look after their orphaned grandchildren. The vegetables are then donated to such families every Friday.